Dan Deacon

First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'Gliss Riffer'


Even when built around familiar pop-song structures, Dan Deacon's music is juxtapositional and wonderful -- a pursuit of the ecstatic that obliterates genre distinctions. Deacon's new album, 'Gliss Riffer', comes out Feb. 24. Get a first listen here.

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Album Review: Belle and Sebastian, 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance'


'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance' is another strong collection of songs from one of the world's strongest bands; the only diminished area of strength is as an album per se. Fortunately, the band decided to release a deluxe edition, creating an entirely new and vastly more fulfilling experience. Read Mac Wilson's review.

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Mark Wheat

The Greatest Love Songs and Dedications of all-time


Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and that turns our thoughts to matters of the heart: sometimes that means new or enduring love — and sometimes that means the end of love. Whatever Valentine's Day means to you this year, we're asking you to submit your requests for love songs and breakup songs.

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JD McPherson performs in The Current studio


The same week his latest record, 'Let the Good Times Roll', is released, JD McPherson and his band stopped in to The Current's studio ahead of their gig at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Asked why his music has so many fans in Minnesota, JD says, 'Minnesotans are very intelligent and sensitive, artistic people, with the highest level of taste.' Listen to the full in-studio session.

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PaviElle pays tribute to the legendary Nina Simone


When I first was introduced to the music of Dr. Nina Simone…I remember it was the early ’90s.  I was in the music store Tidal Wave in Saint Paul with my mama. She was doing her usual weekly perusing for new music. There I was, 10-year-old me, walking around on exploration mode as Tidal Wave…

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Giveaways

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. film giveaway

M.I.A.-signed poster and DVD giveaway


The film Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today. Win a poster and DVD of the film.

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The Current: Music News

Music News: Hear early version of Beatles' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary

An early, acoustic take of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has come to light. Also today, SXSW announces its initial music line-up. Plus, YouTube will sell you concert tickets, Indian women dance on a train, an ancient artifact found outside of Rome is declared a musical instrument, Lana Del Rey's stalker heads to jail, and Chaka Khan loves a parade.

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The Current Music News podcast

The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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Download The Current's app to hear a crisp, high-fidelity stream of our station (and our additional streams) wherever you go!

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The Current Sessions®

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Courtney Pierre has a debut solo album, 'In The Drink,' releasing Friday, Oct. 12. Just ahead of that release, Pierre and his band stopped at The Current to play songs from the new record and to talk with Mary Lucia.

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Watch Death Cab for Cutie live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Death Cab for Cutie played the second of two shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Thank You for Today,' on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Current streamed live video of Death Cab's entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Watch CHVRCHES live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre

CHVRCHES played the second of two sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Love Is Dead.' We streamed live video of CHVRCHES' entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Shakey Graves performs in The Current studio

Shakey Graves in The Current studio

Just ahead of his Saturday show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., Shakey Graves -- aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia -- stopped over at The Current to play a few songs and to chat with host Mac Wilson.

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Coffee Break: Get up and drive

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Today is the final day of the Fall Member Drive. If you want to become a member of Minnesota Public Radio before the drive ends (and before a bunch of thank you gifts like the MPR Sweatshirt, Live Current, or MPR hat disappear at 7 pm tonight), hop to it! For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have lyrics that include "drive" or "driving"?

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